Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I have had a few wonderful wintry runs around Ogden City and the Christmas Lights. This year has seemed to be particularly hard for me to enjoy my running. We started off colder then usual and I don’t remember having so much difficulty with slipping as I have this year. Maybe as I’m getting older it’s more the fear of falling that I don’t remember having so much.
I have also been enjoying my new sewing machine. Even though I have always loved to go into fabric stores and look and all the color and texture combinations, it has become even more exciting with all the added project ideas that seem to be swimming in my head. Now to find more time to get it all accomplished.
My sculpting has hit a point of frustration!! I really need to sit and bust through this mental block that I'm having with it. It's not good for me when I feel like this.
I'm looking forward to the long Christmas shutdown that my work has every year, and hope to put the time to good use.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
This is a picture of the path around the pond. I feel blessed to be able to live is such a beautiful place and to be able to run and enjoy it. I have to take full advantage of this before the snow flies.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I have been so bad about posting and I do apologize, but I have been busy. First I have a little Gothic doll getting dressed at my sisters. I will post pictures of her as soon as she is dressed. I didn't post pictures before because she is a departure for me and I'm still not certain if I will like her.
Then we were out of town for a few days. It was very nice to get away. We were in Vegas, and had an incredible time!
Last... I'm working on another doll but I can't post any pictures or even say too much about her, because she is for my oldest sister... and I know that she will reads my blog and I don't want her to see her til her birthday :)
I will try to post more often.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
So yesterday I took a baby step without even realizing it until later in the day… Let me go back so that I hope I can tell this so it will make sense. I have blogged before about always making some sort of excuse for my art. I have blogged about not being able to call my doll room a studio, because studios were for professional artists and I’m just a hobbyist. And most of the time when people find out about my doll sculpting I always preface it with “It’s just a hobby” or “I just do it for fun” Both are true statements, but they also seemed to undermine my talent. It’s true that I’m not comfortable thinking I have talent, or to say out loud that I’m artistic. I don’t know why, maybe it sounds pompous to me, but I’m just not comfortable getting compliments or making statements about myself.
Another side not to the story (boy I hope this all makes sense when I’m done) a year or so ago I helped out on a team building activity at work. One of the things we had to do was draw on an apron, things that were important to us personally. Across the bottom I drew my family… then on the top mountains, I really love the mountains here in
So, back to my original point, I had to wear that apron at work yesterday to help serve up root beer floats for a fund raiser. When I was back to my desk a co-worker asked about my apron, I told him they were drawings of things that were about me. He pointed to the artist’s pallet and asked if I was an artist. I said yes but I’m a sculptor, and explained that I didn’t want to draw a lump of clay my apron. And there you have it!! I said “I’m a sculptor” no excuses or explanations. I was able to just let it be and be happy with the statement. Who knows maybe soon I will be able to say “I’m an artist”! Or “I’m talented” Whoa… hold on there… just baby steps.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Most of the trip consists of relaxing in and by the water. We also usually have some art/craft project to do. This year we brought colored t-shirts and bleach and had a fun time making unique shirts. You can see in the picture that Mom, Nickolas and Connor are wearing theirs.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
My children quickly fell in love with Gidget, and she and her ever shedding fur became a permanent fixture in our home. She was the best running partner when I ran the trails of the mountains close to our home. Never venturing too far from me... keeping a good pace.
She was a smart dog... many times I would find big bags of dog bones in the back yard, I'd ask my husband why he left the entire bag in the yard after he bought them. He would say... he never purchased them. One day our neighbor came over to explain that Gidget had been escaping our back yard... going into his garage when it was open and stealing the bag of dog bones! What a crazy dog!
Kaitlyn and Gidget
Bill and I drove her to the vets... he had us lay her under a tree by the office. He didn't want her scared, and Bill and I agreed. She laid her head on my lap and slowly feel to sleep. After she was gone, we covered her with a blanket. I will miss her so much.
We had fireworks last night in the neighborhood, our city's founders day. Gidget hated fireworks. It was weird to not have her barking and whining, I'm sure at the next thunderstorm I will feel the same, she hated them too.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
After my last years experience I had thought to myself that this race would be just a once in a life time thing. But like so many times in my life the clouds of forgetfulness fog my brain and I agreed to join their team. Let alone, there have been a few co-workers talk to me about joining a 2010 team! We runners need to plan our torture well in advance. And I have surprisingly agreed to join them yet again. I have been contemplating what chemical I'm missing in my brain that makes me think this will be something I will want to do another time?
So I will venture out this Friday and Saturday with this team and hope I can run my parts without slowing the team too much. I'm glad they are not competitive, I don't think I could do it with them if they were. But you still don't want to be the weak link.
I will try to take some pictures and if I survive I will post my 09 report of how things went. But until then... pray for me that I will come through without too much more damage to myself.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.
- Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
"Love is the beauty of the soul." --St. Augustine
Thursday, May 28, 2009
show you what I have accomplished:)
Cemitry is somthing that I have been really trying to work on, by the looks of these photos I still need alot of work at it. I don't know how other artist feel... but I have a love/hate relationship with my sculpts. It usually starts out as love... but as I progress and see my mistakes it slowly turns into hate. Or just dislike I should say, and that is where I am with this sculpt. I have a good dose of dislike. But I hope as I paint and dress her I will feel better about her.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
So what do I do with it now?... Goals are something that at one time you hope to accomplish... right? When do you give up and say this maybe something I will never accomplish. It's difficult to think about, I hope I have not got to that point just yet. I have goals with my running... goals with my sculpting... goals with just my life general. Maybe it's just that I need to rework some of these goals. I defiantly have plenty to think about for the next little while.
Monday, May 4, 2009
When it comes to preparing for a marathon, long runs are vital. Slowly building up your miles so that you body and mind can get used to running for more then three to four hours. Really… as I’m typing it does sound insane! Why would someone do this to themselves? It’s something that I really don’t have words to express. Most people would consider it torture. But I think it’s that internal drive to see what we can accomplish. Whether it’s running, school, art, we all have a need to accomplish things we can be proud of. That somehow sets us apart in a small way.
I feel privileged to belong to this small group of people that can call themselves marathoners not everyone can or will do it in their lifetime. I know that I will never stand on the winner’s podium and have my name announced. But I’m still out there every day adding up those miles on my legs.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
So I have this baby in a sculpting contest. Here is the link www.rebornbaby.com The baby's name is Ellie! I know she looks rather weird...but they could not be painted, and they said just pictures of the head and limbs, some of the pictures they had them dressed... guess I should have done that. But Please!! Please vote for her it would be awesome to win.